The sandboxing software Sandboxie is one of those programs that comes in really handy if you are testing a lot of software on your PC. It runs select software in a sandbox that is more or less separate from the underlying system so that malicious code cannot penetrate it.
It is not only ideal for software tests though as you can mitigate different attack forms with it as well. You can use it to mitigate drive by downloads for instance if you are running your browser in a sandbox.
What makes Sandboxie special is that it is offered as a free version as well as a commercial one. The free version is somewhat limited but ideal to test the program to see what it is capable of before you make a buying decision.
Yesterday’s update to Sandboxie 4.02 introduces a much requested feature: full 64-bit protection. Sandboxie previously offered protection on 64-bit systems through its Experimental Protection feature which used semi-official kernel interfaces for that. Since those interfaces were not fully documented the feature was tagged as experimental.
The release of Sandboxie 4.02 changes that as the program is now offered full protection for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system. The developer has removed the Experimental Protection features as a consequence in the latest version of Sandboxie.
Two additional changes are listed in the program’s change log.
First, compatibility with popular programs such as Office 2013, Avast!, EMET, Norton Internet Security or Windows 8 has been improved. Especially Windows 8 users benefit from the change as the previously used Experimental Protection feature was not offered for the 64-bit version of the operating system.
Support for Windows 2000 was removed in the Sandboxie update so that Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now the oldest supported operating system.
You can download the latest version of the program from the developer’s website. Note that the installer combines 32-bit and 64-bit versions and that you can overwrite your existing installation to upgrade to the latest version of the application.
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